Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Just another night in the ER

So I thought I would share some highlights of one of my recent shifts at work...

11:30pm...I was walking down the hall to the break room to have my lunch when i look down another hall and see one of our regular drunks (let's call him Tom) walking towards me in nothing but his dirty t-shirt and his hands over his goods. Here's the conversation...
Me: Tom, what are you doing?
Tom: Lookin for food
Me: Well where's your pants?
Tom: I pooped em.
Me: Huh. Well you need to go back to your room.
Tom: You know there's a magic word, it's called please. Now GO get me some food!
Me: Tom you know we dont feed you here. You can have water and crackers. This is an ER, not a resturaunt or hotel.
Tom: Well f*%& you b*&#*!
Me: Ok Tom, time to go (as I quickly dart down the hall so he doesn't chase me).

Needless to say, Tom was quickly escorted out by security just to return again the next day...

2:15am...Another frequent flyer who we will call George walks up to the triage desk with his boombox in hand and mardi gras beads around his neck. Here's what follows...
Me: Hey George, what's up?
George: I need to see a doctor. (in the meantime he is mumbling a bunch on nonsense at a rapid pace).
Me: Ok (I procede to get his medical history as he continues to ramble between answers). Hey George, are you schizophrenic?
George: (his eyes get wide) Hey, you know that word?! You're pretty smart! (ramble, ramble, ramble) Nope, not schizophrenic.
Me: (smiling) Ok. Well that's a nice boombox you've got there.
George: Yeah, my buddy gave it to me, pretty sweet huh?
Me: Sure is, okay, have a seat in the waiting room (he sits down and continues his "word salad" conversation as we smile).

3:45am...An older (and somewhat crazy) gentleman walks out of the department into the waiting room after being discharged. He takes a seat in front of us and makes friendly conversation about the nice weather and his boat and whatnot. He tells us he loves East Lansing (home of MSU) and sits in the coffee shop every morning to watch the girls walk by (we're a little creeped out now). Here's the rest...
Old guy: You know I just got out of prison.
Me: Oh, what did you do? (a bit nervous for the answer)
Old guy: Killed a guy
Me: (my coworker and I are now exchanging glances, trying not to turn beet red)
Old guy: He had it comin..tried to hurt my sister...shot him right in the face.
Me: (too shocked to say anything)
Old guy: You know it's supposed to be 50 degrees tomorrow? I think I'll take the boat out fishin.

We almost fell out of our chairs between laughing and shock.
I love my job, it's things like this that make up for the crappy stuff. Plus we get cooler stuff out here in Michigan, unfortunatley because of the drugs/alcohol prevalance. Keeps things intersting, that for sure :)


Sitterud Family said...

Those stories are hilarious!! You must have a good time every time you work. I bet you are such a good nurse.
They probably go in just to see you!

Reid, Megan and Jackson said...

I don't know how you handle that stuff!! I much prefer my patients that don't talk back, but that would for sure be interesting. Thanks for your comment on my blog, I think a lot of people think I'm a pessimist and dont like when I blog things like that. Hope you guys are good! Oh and we are for sure doing the law school thing. Reid is taking a prep class for the LSAT in april

Chris & Jen Palmer said...

Ha ha ha! And I thought my job had good stories! I think the last one was my favorite! I wouldn't even know what to say to that!

The Shelley Family said...

I am dying laughing! I wanna work in the ER...(not for the gross stuff...but just to people watch)

The Fraker's Acres said...

Oh my gosh, those were funny! Ryan must love being married to a super great wife with extremely hilarious stories to tell him after a day of class! Loved it!

Jason & Kelli West said...

Those are fun stories! Gotta love the people that keep work interesting... what would life be like with out them?! Just stay safe! Hope the weather is getting a little bit warmer for you guys!

Leslie said...

Wow that is crazy Sis! You're gutsier than I thought too, taking on half naked drunk guys, perverted former inmates, all kinds of good stuff!
Be careful out there :)

Melisa said...

Wait, the way you said that, it makes it sound like those are the GOOD things... ;o)

The Bradshaw's said...

Gotta love working in the ER! Keeps you on your toes right?